Rare Manuscripts

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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A manuscript is a book, document, or other composition written by hand or typed by the author. It is usually considered to be the author's own copy, possibly prepared and submitted for publication. A manuscript is often a one-of-a-kind treasure. You can easily imagine why a Shakespeare manuscript, for example, could be almost priceless.

When you begin to collect rare manuscripts, you should learn about how to determine whether a manuscript is authentic and how to assess documentation. Online rare book and manuscript dealers can help you here. They sometimes offer online tutorials about collecting rare items such as manuscripts. One way to be certain that your manuscript is authentic is to use the services of a reputable rare book dealer who will verify that the documentation is sufficient.

Rare Manuscripts Online

As with many items of value, the Internet has become a place where you can buy or sell a rare manuscript, book, document, photo, and more. It is important to be able to trust that you are getting a genuine product at a fair price. Not many newcomers to the world of rarities have the expertise to make that assessment. That's why it makes sense to use the services of a reputable dealer, one who has the years of experience and the knowledge that will help you to enjoy your purchase.

Look for a dealer who also owns a physical store or stores. In the area of rare documents or books, length of time in the field often equates to expertise. Some of the issues that you should address when you're considering using a dealer are those mentioned above. You will also want to contact the dealer's customer service by phone and email to assess how responsive they are to your questions and needs. Finally, if you are considering a purchase, see how their prices compare to those of other dealers. Remember, however, that in collecting, a very low price may not be the best deal.


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300 Year-old Manuscript Of The Holy Quran Owned By

World-wide Offers are invited For
300 Year-old Manuscript Of The Holy Quran Owned By

my Ancestor, Emperor Aurangzeb, the last but one

Moghul Emperor of India.

IT COMES TO ME FROM THE LIBRARY OF MY GRANDFATHER, MIRZA

CHIRAGH ALI BAIG, WHICH I REMEMBER HAVING SEEN AS A CHILD. (The

Seal at the top corner of the cover page is not distinct and can only be read

on close visual inspection). AS REPORTED BY MY FATHER, THIS RARE

MANUSCRIPT WAS IN PERSONAL USE OF EMPEROR AURANGZEB AT THE

ROYAL PALACE IN DELHI.

DESCRIPTION: Liberal Golden Inlay Work and

Decorative Designs made from Ink of Precious Stones:

Ruby, Lapis Lazuli and Garnets

Details: Size 14.5X24 c.m. Written in Arabic – in the finest form of

Persian script called ‘Nastalique’ – with artistically laid design, flowery

borders and liberal use of golden ink under each line, is a prized

possession of my family preserved with utmost care over the last 300

years. It was part of my grandfather’s library in North Indian State of

Uttar Pradesh of which my great grandfather was the Governor during

the Moghul rule. I have inherited it from my father

Pictures can be provide on request.

yousuf_cs@yahoo.com